A set of original and folk stories in Michel Ocelot's on-off lifetime work of silhouette animation fairy tales take their inspiration from, among others, Caribbean, Meso-American, Russian and Tibetan culture.
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Max Renaudin Pratt,
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In a little village somewhere in Africa, a boy named Kirikou is born. But he's not a normal boy, because he knows what he wants very well. Also he already can speak and walk. His mother tells him how an evil sorceress has dried up their spring and devoured all males of the village except of one. Hence little Kirikou decides, he will accompany the last warrior to the sorceress. Due to his intrepidity he may be the last hope of the village. Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
[Michel Ocelot] had first envisioned Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998) as a silhouette animation (the medium he had been working in since 1988's We Are the Star (1988)) and wrote the initial version of the screenplay with this manner of presentation in mind. Karaba's "breast jewelry" emerged during this phase as a device to prevent her having the appearance of having only one breast when her torso was turned to a three-quarter view but was retained despite the changeover to full color. See more »
Did all the men go out to fight against Karaba the sorceress?
Oh no, but those who did not fight, she ate up as well.
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Cartoons aren't just for kids (but make sure they see this one!)
A beautifully realized animated film about, on a simplistic level, a child, who, by his wits, saves his village from the evil sorceress, Karaba. But it's much more than that, if we pay attention. For the question the child, Kirikou, keeps asking is, "Why is Karaba so mean and evil?" It is the answer to that question, and Kirikou's response, that lifts this film above the ordinary. It also has a great sound track by Youssou N'Dour. Unfortunately, it's not an easy film to find, so if it it ever turns up on a station near you, make sure your VCR is ready.
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